Nigerian players in Europe Roundup: Nigerians dominate in Europa and Conference League

Nigerian players in Europe Roundup: Nigerians dominate in Europa and Conference League

Nigerian players continue their stellar 2021/22 European football season as some national team players progressed past their competition to reach the next round in European competitions.

It is joy everywhere for Nigerian fans who are witnessing some of the best performances of players affiliated to the Super Eagles they have ever been treated to.

From goal-scoring strikers to incredible midfield and defensive performances, Nigerian stars abroad have done the country proud and have put the country, ranked 30th in the official FIFA world rankings, back on the football map.

There are still some disgruntled fans who believe that the Super Eagles play better when they are with their various clubs, but majority of the fans are excited to see the boys flourishing.

Here is a roundup of how the Super Eagles fared for their clubs in European competitions in the outgoing week

UEFA Conference League: Lookman, Iheanacho and Dessers shine to secure semi-finals spot

Leicester City's Nigerian attackers Kelechi Iheanacho and Ademola Lookman were part of a history-making Foxes side that got to the semi-finals of a European competition for the first time in the club's history.

Despite not scoring a goal, “Senior Man” linked up brilliantly with his teammates and almost bagged himself an assist but for Zambian striker Patson Daka's wasteful finishing.

He was eventually withdrawn for Ayoze Perez and the travelling Foxes fans appreciated his efforts. Lookman, on the other hand, provided much needed speed for the Foxes against PSV Eindhoven and that speed led to the first goal.

Brilliant movement from Lookman and Iheanacho's replacement Perez led to the Spanish forward setting up James Maddison, whose first time shot resulted in a goal.

Leicester eventually ran out 2-1 winners in the tie and will be facing Jose Mourinho's AS Roma in what could be their biggest challenge of the season.

Meanwhile, forgotten Super Eagles striker Cyriel Dessers turned up in amazing fashion for Feyenoord Rotterdam in their 3-1 win over Slavia Prague.

Dessers was immense in a game where fellow Nigerian strikers Yira Sor and Peter Olayinka were profligate in front of goal, scoring a brace to help Feyenoord win 6-4 on aggregate.

Dessers repaid his coach's faith in giving him a rare start to net his eighth goal in the Conference League (15 goals in all competitions) to become the tournament's maiden highest goalscorer, alongside Nigerian-born Tammy Abraham.

UEFA Europa League: Joe Aribo sends Rangers into semis

Another immense performance from Super Eagles midfielder Joe Aribo and new Super Eagles recruit Calvin Bassey helped Rangers to their first European semi-finals in 14 years.

Aribo was at the heart of every attacking move for the Gers, creating four big chances, two of which were converted into assists for the midfielder who had suffered some kind of burnout after the disappointment of the past few months with the Super Eagles.

This incredible performance followed his stunning goal for Rangers away to St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership last weekend. Aribo received the ball 25 yards from goal and curled in a beauty from the edge of the box for Rangers fourth goal in that tie.

Playing alongside fellow Super Eagles defenders Leon Balogun and Calvin Bassey, who put in good shifts in the heart of Rangers' defence, Aribo was the star of the show.

The two assists takes his total goal contributions for Rangers this season to 18 in 49 games so far.


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